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What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? July 21 - 23
18 Jul 2023

There's an eclectic mix of events this weekend with the fascinating Battle of Shrewsbury Medieval Weekend, The Weaver Ensemble and action on the river as crews do battle in the Severn Hospice Dragon Boat Festival.

Shrewsbury Arts Trail

The Shrewsbury Arts Trail has exhibitions across town and an outdoor sculpture trail featuring works by Salvador Dali and young Midlands based sculptor Jacob Chandler

Don't miss the Inspirational Summer Show at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery featuring a host of seriously big named international artists (FREE entry, until August 31). Further exhibitions can be found at Theatre Severn and The Parade Shops and at venues all over Shrewsbury (see below). 

Also at the museum is Forgotten Faces curated by Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery’s Young Collective (14 to 24 year olds) and featuring portraits of local people from history whose identities and personalities have been lost to the public.

Further exhibitions 

Shirehall

Shrewsbury's striking Shirehall. Picture credit: Shropshire Council

There's an exhibition of RIBA photographs from 1967 depicting The Shirehall: Civic Pride in Architecture - at Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury (July 9 - 22), together with an exhibition of work by David Holland and Beth Darlington. Also find: Joan Miro in print at the Soden Collection; ‘Kinesis’ - an exhibition of artwork by George Sfougaras and ceramics by Stefan Chabluk at the Gateway Gallery (until Aug 31); an exhibition of photographs of ballet dancers by Lachlan Managhan at Theatre Severn (until Aug 31); Mrs Jones Art Shop & Gallery open exhibition (until Aug 5); Tricia Crowther landscapes at Raven Studios (until Aug 31), an exhibition at Visual Art Network Gallery (until Aug 12); 'A Meeting Place' photography and landscapes at Glouglou on Castle Gates; WOMEN: NOW a contemporary exhibition at The Hive (until Aug 28) and more …

On All Weekend

Battle of Shrewsbury knights in armour

It’s the Battle of Shrewsbury Medieval Weekend at Battlefield 1403 (Saturday, July 22 & Sunday, July 23 - FREE entry), with all the sights and sounds of a medieval battle encampment - including traditional craft demonstrations, historic market and battle reenactments daily, with knights in armour and archers. It’s the 620th anniversary of this bloody battle - choose your sides; will it be the rebel army or the king himself? 10am to 5pm both days. 

Faulty Towers The Original Dining Experience comes to The Buttermarket (July 21 & 22). Basil, Sybil and Manuel are returning to Shrewsbury after 10 sold out performances earlier this year. You’ll need to be quick to book tickets to this loving tribute to the BBC classic TV series. Just watching out for flying bread rolls! 

Dragon Boats on the River Severn

The Severn Hospice Dragon Boat Weekend sees 40ft boats take to the river, from Pengwern Boat Club this weekend (July 22nd & 23rd) with teams of up to 20 in each craft. A drummer leads each team into ‘battle’ to the finish line.  Fancy dress is encouraged too, so it makes for a wonderful spectacle. 

The Wes Anderson film Asteroid City (12A) moves in to The Old Market Hall (July 21 - 27). Set in a fictional American desert town circa 1955, the itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events. Book HERE

Watch the Archaeology Dig in progress at Attingham Park, as the team returns to a little visited part of the estate near the walled garden (July 19 - 27, 10am to 4pm). 

Friday, July 21st 


Harpist Gina Taylor will give a free lunchtime concert at St Chad’s Church, from 12.30pm followed by lunch in the church hall. 

Shrewsbury Farmers Market sadly had to be cancelled due to high winds last week, but is back in The Square this Friday - from 9am to 3:30pm.

The Weaver Ensemble flyer

The Weaver Ensemble is at Theatre Severn with ‘The Remarkably Talented Mr Weaver presents…’  The evening promises to be a rich mix of baroque music, dance and words and will mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of Shrewsbury dancing master John Weaver (1673-1760). Tickets £15 HEREPart of the #Weaver350 celebrations. 

It’s the Pancake Band’s last regular gig at In Good Hands, Frankwell from 8pm to 11pm. Say goodbye (for now) to this five piece in Shrewsbury with their mix of cool jazz, Latin American and eclectic mix of styles. The Battery Farm, with support from Mother Tongue will be at Albert’s Shed in Barker Street from 9pm (if you enjoy furious-maudlin-sardonic punk-tinged storm from the North of England, this one’s for you). 

Popular Shropshire vocalist David Busby will be performing a tribute to Ed Sheeran at The Buttermarket, from 7pm. General admission £5, guaranteed seating £10. Free advance tickets now all gone! Hot Rubber will be live at The Bull Inn on Butcher Row from 9pm and Radio Rumours are at the Bulls Head, Castle Gates, also from 9pm. 

Saturday, July 22nd

Organist Claudia Grinnell of Winchester Cathedral will give a lunchtime recital at Shrewsbury Abbey from 2pm on the magnificent and newly restored 1911 William Hill organ. Free entry, donations welcome. 

There’s a Movement with Meaning workshop at The Hive from 10am to 11.30am. Tickets £10 - explore storytelling with movement and gesture from the 18th century. Part of the #Weaver350 celebrations. 

Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture (12A) is on screen at the Walker Theatre at 7pm. It’s a chance to relive one of the most iconic performances in the history of modern music 50 years on - the moment where David Bowie retired his Ziggy Stardust alter ego. Tickets £10.

Chiltern Choir

The Chiltern Choir will give a free concert at St Chad’s Church from 7.30pm to 8.45pm. This summer evening choral concert will include pieces from 'The Making of the Drum', Cayton's 'Missa Brevis', and the 'Book of European Sacred Music'. No booking needed. 

Microbaby is at Albert’s Shed, Barker Street from 9pm. This top indie, rock and brit-pop band will dish up covers from the likes of The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Oasis, Muse, Radiohead & more. 

Sunday, July 23rd

There’s another Car Boot Sale at West Mid Showground (gates open 6.30am for sellers, or 7.30am for buyers). It’s £5 for sellers, or free to buyers and no need to book. 

The Princess Picnic at The Castle will see Princess Beauty, The Snow Queen and The Tower Princess host a picnic within the walls of Shrewsbury Castle. Bring your own nibbles and enjoy the company of these three as they entertain you with their songs and invite you to dance. Tickets £25 (adult and child) or £19 for an additional child. The show starts at 11.30am with gates open one hour before. You’ll need something to sit on!

Enjoy Afternoon Tea with the Cats at Shropshire Cat Rescue, Lyth Hill Road, Bayston Hill! Tickets for this fundraising event are £20 per person and include a guided tour of the shelter. Booking essential HERE There are two sessions to choose from 12-2pm or 2pm-4pm.

Coming Up

The Three Inch Fools will bring Robin Hood to Shrewsbury Castle (July 27) (watch the trailer here) and Curtain Call Juniors are at Theatre Severn with Shrek JR (July 28 - 30).

Book tickets early for Romeo and Juliet at Shrewsbury Castle as there’s limited availability and these wonderful Lord Chamberlain’s Men productions usually sell out in Shrewsbury. There are still tickets available for August 1st & 2nd from Theatre Severn.